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Dennis Skinner: ‘The Beast’ Shows Softer Side

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This impassioned speech genuinely brought tears to my eyes. Such a heartfelt plea is rarely heard from today’s career politicians, whose focus is spin and deceit.

You will note how Cameron turned away from Dennis as he attempted to defend ATOS and his, his ministers and his party’s atrocious treatment of the sick, disabled and needy.

Despite the headline “Dennis Skinner: ‘The Beast’ Shows Softer Side” and despite Dennis’s reputation for his ‘no prisoners’ stance, this is a man of great compassion; of great feeling and of great caring. He knows liberalist socialism will not defeat the real beast of capitalism and greed. He knows that only a strong and wilful- and yes, sometimes aggressive opposition, not just in parliament but also to capitalism in general is the only way we will bring about a fairer and more equitable society. He know that in the fight for justice, as in any fight there will be casualties. He knows we must minimise the casualties, but the fight must go on.

But while we quite rightly laud Dennis, we must not fail by using this speech to merely advance our socialist agenda; we must not forget the poor man whose last year of life was not only ravaged by his medical condition, but then this burden was exacerbated by the ‘medical’ assessment that stripped him of the little help he deserved- and paid for throughout his working life. We must neither forget his poor widow, who lived this imposition with him and is now left alone to wonder why.

He is the last of the crusaders; the last of a line of great socialist politicians. I can only hope he instils in some young prospective politicians the will to continue the fight.


Written by Smiling Carcass

19/10/2013 at 3:34 PM

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  1. Reblogged this on Vox Political.

    Mike Sivier

    19/10/2013 at 3:54 PM

  2. Reblogged on Jay’s Journal.
    We so need men and women like him and with the convictions and beliefs that he has, and the tenacity that he has always shown in politics.


    19/10/2013 at 5:06 PM

    • thanks for the reblog and thanks for the supportive comment. A man among men, a heart among so many swinging bricks.

      Smiling Carcass

      19/10/2013 at 9:04 PM

  3. […] Dennis Skinner: ‘The Beast’ Shows Softer Side. […]

  4. A great politician, one of the last, and best, of the ‘old guard’. I will lament his passing when it comes, and wish we had more like him in the Labour Party today. Great post. Regards as always, Pete.


    19/10/2013 at 7:50 PM

    • thank you, Pete. I too, will mourn his passing when that day, as it inevitably will, comes.

      Smiling Carcass

      19/10/2013 at 9:05 PM

  5. Labour introduced David Freud, Atos, and the Work Capability Assessment to the world. In power Labour were as bad as the Tories and, if they win the next election, will be just as bad again. You mark my words.


    19/10/2013 at 9:36 PM

    • Sorry about the delay in approving your comment, Jim. I had PC issues and fell 5,000 emails behind and trying hard to catch up!

      I agree, Jim that these career politician Blairites will be little better. But the man we’re talking about here is a no-nonsense socialist- old school and I’d like to see 600 of his ilk in Parliament.

      Smiling Carcass

      01/01/2014 at 12:35 AM

  6. […] This impassioned speech genuinely brought tears to my eyes. Such a heartfelt plea is rarely heard from today’s career politicians, whose focus is spin and deceit.  […]

  7. […] Dennis Skinner: ‘The Beast’ Shows Softer Side. […]

  8. Reblogged this on thepositivevoice.


    21/10/2013 at 2:08 AM

  9. rainbowwarriorlizzie

    23/10/2013 at 5:50 PM

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